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From the Dean’s Office

Perdue Dean Christy WeerWelcome to the first edition of the 2016-17 Perdue News. This is a very exciting year for the Perdue School as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the naming of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business. To commemorate this milestone, we are pleased to have Jim Perdue, CEO of Perdue Farms, serve as our Executive Leadership Series speaker. The talk is 3 p.m. Thursday, October 13, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. This event is open to the public; please join us if you are able.

On Friday, August 26, we welcomed 309 new freshmen to the Perdue School. This is the largest cohort of pre-professional students in the history of the Perdue School. Over the course of the next two years, these students will take classes in economics, accounting, informational systems, calculus and statistics, business law, and communication. Once they have completed their pre-professional core and have met all gate requirements, they will become professional students within the Perdue School and complete coursework in their major fields of study. I had the opportunity to talk with these incoming students, and I encouraged each of them to work hard, to focus, to get involved and to be individuals who make a difference and make things happen.

We are excited to welcome three new tenure-track faculty to the Perdue School this year:

Dr. Hong Kim Duong joins us as an assistant professor of accounting. Prior to her arrival at SU, Kim was at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she earned her Ph.D. in accounting and M.B.A. in finance. During her doctoral studies, Kim taught several economics and accounting courses at the University of Texas at El Paso. Kim did her undergraduate work at Foreign Trade University in Vietnam, where she graduated with a B.A. in business and English. Kim spent two years working as an accountant in Vietnam before joining academia. She is an active member of the American Accounting Association, has presented her research at national and regional conferences, and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals in accounting and finance. Her research interests include financial reporting quality, capital market, executive compensation and corporate governance.

Dr. Sonja Kolstoe joins us as an assistant professor of economics and has a joint appointment in the Environmental Studies Department in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts. Prior to her arrival at SU, Sonja completed an economics and a Ph.D. in environmental sciences, studies and policy at the University of Oregon. She did her undergraduate work at the Washington State University where she earned a B.S with honors in biology. She then pursued an M.A in economics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where her thesis research concerned risk preferences and probability weighting among extreme sports participants. Her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon is an interdisciplinary degree with economics as the focal department. Sonja completed the full complement of economics Ph.D. coursework as well as additional graduate coursework in ecology and public policy (including population biology, ecosystem ecology and geographic information systems). Her research interests span a wide variety of topics in environmental economics with an emphasis on the non-market valuation of environmental goods, public economics and applied econometrics.

Judi Billups joins us as a marketing instructor. Prior to her arrival at SU, Judi taught marketing at Radford University for five years and has extensive industry experience in sales. She is currently in the final stages of completing her D.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. Her undergraduate degree is from Virginia Tech and her M.B.A. is from Bethel University. Her research interests include B2B sales and buying, the impact of social media and related technologies on the sales process, and entry-level sales recruitment

Also joining us for one-year appointments are:

Dr. Yun Wu, who joins us as a visiting assistant professor of information and decision science. Prior to her arrival at SU, Yun worked at the University of Southern Mississippi. Yun earned her Ph.D. in management information systems from Auburn University and her M.S. in management engineering from Polytechnic of Milan. Yun did her undergraduate work at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. She has professional experience in the optical manufacturing industries in China and Italy before joining academia. Yun has presented her research at conferences and has several articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She has received best paper awards from IEEE Education Society's Awards Committee and the best overall conference paper at annual meeting of Southern Association of Information Systems. Her research interests include IT in supply chain, IT in healthcare, social media and big data.

Frank Abel joins us this year as a lecturer in accounting. Frank holds a CPA, is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is certified in Financial Forensics. Frank is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is a certified IDEA Data Analyst.

This fall brings a number of opportunities for our students to get engaged with the business community including Meet the Firms, on Tuesday, September 27, where accounting and information systems students have the opportunity to meet over 30 recruiting employers in one afternoon. Our fall Shore Hatchery competition is Friday, October 28, where aspiring entrepreneurs can vie for up to $100,000 in start-up funding. And, on Thursday, November 3, the Perdue School Career Advisory Board sponsors our annual Community Leadership Panel, which will give students the chance to interact with several local business leaders.

These are just a few highlights of the many opportunities our students have to engage with leaders throughout our community and beyond. The remainder of this edition of the Perdue News highlights additional exciting things that are happening in the Perdue School. Our doors are always open and we’d love to have you stop by for a visit to see for yourself all of the exciting things that are happening in the Perdue School. 

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